Correa Adds Local Endorsements for Congress

Senator Lou Correa

Senator Lou Correa

Former State Senator Lou Correa has had a flurry about endorsement announcements of late, but we called his campaign this morning to ask why there were no local endorsements; the campaign responded with this announcement below:

On the heels of winning a statewide endorsement from the California Small Business Association (CSBA), today former State Senator Lou Correa’s campaign for Congress rolled out endorsements from several Santa Ana leaders, including the following:

  • Santa Ana City Council Member Michele Martinez
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board President John Palacio
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Clerk Valerie Amezcua
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board Member José Alfredo Hernández, J.D.

Expressing his gratitude for the endorsements, former State Senator Lou Correa remarked:

“Council Member Martinez, School Board President Palacio, School Board Clerk Amezcua, and School Board Member Hernández are some of our region’s most distinguish and respected leaders. Their confidence and support means a great deal to me. It also validates my record of service as a dedicated public servant on behalf of Santa Ana residents. Together, I know we’ll be a real force on the campaign trail. I am honored to count them on my team.”

Significantly, former State Senator Lou Correa has built up a commanding lead in the battle to secure important endorsements, stemming from his announcement of the following influential backers:


  • California Small Business Association
  • Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC

Elected Leaders 

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
  • Congresswoman & former State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • California’s State Treasurer John Chiang
  • California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  • Former State Senator, current Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo

Correa served in the California State Senate, representing the 34th District, from 2006- 2014 and served the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Prior to the Senate, he served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors representing the 1st District. Before his time on the Board, Correa served in the California State Assembly representing the 69th District.

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We’ll note that Valerie Amezcua also endorsed Jordan Brandman for Congress and that other local dual endorsements are expected for a number of candidates.  There are no announced local endorsements for Joe Dunn or Bao Nguyen in the race.